Mike & Rosy’s Deli: steamed sandwiches made to order

Restaurant: Mike & Rosy’s Deli

Location: 330 W. McCreight Ave., Springfield

Telephone: (937) 390-3511

Website: www.mikeandrosysdeli.com


Mike Wagner was 19 years old in 1977 and working in his family’s Wagner-Mayflower Moving & Storage Company in Springfield. He and Bob Rosencrans (“Rosy”), a longtime family friend and the athletic director at Wittenberg University at that time, began talking about an old gas station property that was for sale on the northeast corner of McCreight Avenue and Plum Street. They spoke about the idea of opening a custom-made sandwich shop on the spot. They soon purchased the place, named it Mike & Rosy’s Deli and presented a unique menu of steamed sandwiches made to order.

Mike & Rosy’s Deli drew a loyal clientele in no time. One reason, they’ve continually focused on a menu that differs from others in the community. They chuckle as they reminisce at the true story of a customer that came to the Deli one day in the late 1970s and purchased an item to take home. The item was not then familiar in the area: a bagel with cream cheese. Days later the bewildered customer returned and told Mike that he ran a nice, clean place, but it (the bagel) was the worst donut he’d ever tasted.

Rosy died in 2004 from Lou Gehrig’s disease. Mike, with his son’s Ty and Nicholas, opened a full bar in 2006, named Rosy’s Press Box, to keep the coach’s “spirits” alive. They also have a back patio that’s heated and open all year, which along with their custom menu continues to provide the public “a part of home where people come back to.”

The menu

Beverages: GFS Coffee-$1.50; Coca-cola products (24 oz. fountain)-$2.29; A full bar.

Bagels: Bagel & Cream Cheese-$2.79; Egg Bagel, Smoked Ham, & Cheese-$4.95.

“Sunday Special” (after 5 p.m.): Hoagie-$5.

“Monday Special” (dine-in only): One-half off each pizza.

Appetizers: Buckeye Nachos-$8.95; Buffalo Wings-$6.95/$9.95.

Gourmet soups: Garden Vegetable, or Lumberjack Bean-$3.95 (cup) to $12.95 (quart).

Cold salads: Garden, Pasta & Olive, or Sour Cream & Cheddar Mac-$2.99 to $5.99.

Kosher meats: $6.95 to $9.50.

Custom-made deli sandwiches: $5.95 to $9.95.

Hoagies: Vegetarian Hoagie-$6.95; “Famous” Hoagie-$7.95.

Pizza (12 inch): $12.95 to $14.95.

Cold box lunches: $8.75/$9.25.

Desserts: Tapioca pudding-$2.99. Cheesecake-$4.25 (slice), or $23.95 to $39.95 (whole).


9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

More information

Mike & Rosy’s Deli has no waiter service; just pay at the counter then seat yourself. The full bar is open at 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and at noon on Saturday. It’s closed on Sundays.

Delivery is offered to limited areas with a minimum order of $50. A service charge of $5 dollars and up is accessed per delivery specification.

Look for local restaurant profiles by Glenn and Kim Creyts every other week. For inquiries regarding this column and ideas for other restaurant profiles and suggestions for future columns, contact Glenn and Kim via e-mail at glenncreyts@att.net.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Community News

Joe Biden adopts rescue dog, a German shepherd named Major
Joe Biden adopts rescue dog, a German shepherd named Major

There's a new addition to the Biden family. According to the Delaware News Journal, former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, adopted a rescue dog Saturday from the Delaware Humane Association after fostering the pooch, a young German shepherd named Major, for eight months. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting...
Low-carb diets can help keep the weight off, study says
Low-carb diets can help keep the weight off, study says

There are several diets that promote weight loss, including low-carb plans. Now experts have more evidence to prove they work, according to a new report.  Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital recently conducted a small study, published in the British Medical Journal, to determine the link between weight loss maintenance...
These jobs have the highest suicide rates in the country, CDC says
These jobs have the highest suicide rates in the country, CDC says

Jobs can be stressful, but there are some that cause more of a mental strain than others, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency recently conducted a study to determine the occupational groups with the highest suicide rates. To do so, they examined data from 17 states that participated...
Athlete of the Week Northeastern High School
Athlete of the Week Northeastern High School

Name: Payton Chatfield School: Northeastern High School Grade: 12 Age: 18 Sports: Cross Country, Swimming and Track Claim to fame/honors: First Team all OHC, Second Team All County, Regional and State Qualifier, Academic All Ohio, and Scholar Athlete Words you live by: “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the...
Student of the Week Northeastern High School
Student of the Week Northeastern High School

Name: Meara Franzen School: Northeastern High School Grade: 12 Age: 18 Extra-curricular: NE Volleyball, Student Government Treasurer, National Honor Society President, Spanish Club, Leo Club, Student liaison to BOE Claim to fame/honors: Still waiting to make my claim to fame. In good time…. Words you live by: “Life moves by pretty fast...
More Stories